Artist Talk: Chris Donovan

Presented by the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)

Online via Zoom

Registration required

Join documentary photographer Chris Donovan and RIC Director Paul Roth, as they discuss his series The Cloud Factory, on view through June 18, 2022 in the RIC’s Student Gallery.

Named Canadian Photojournalist of the Year for 2017 and 2018, Donovan has focused his work on the wealth divide and the dynamic between industry and communities. The Cloud Factory lays bare the impact of an oil company and its control over the Saint John community, where the child poverty rate is almost double the national average. Donovan intimately photographs working class families and their homes, juxtaposed against the industrial landscape and pollution that surrounds them. With his genuine and humanistic approach, he earns the trust to tell their stories and, by extension, the hidden story of a place where environmental classism runs rampant.

📷 Chris Donovan, Boy with Gun, 2017, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.